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Ancient Roman coins unearthed at Japan castle

Toukyo - Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle.

Japan police on the hunt for hospital poisoner

Toukyo - Japanese police are hunting for a killer after two elderly men were poisoned at a hospital near Tokyo, local media reported Tuesday.

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

Bejing - China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea.

Japan sake pours overseas as local market dries up

Ome - Ozawa Shuzo brewery hums with activity as boxed bottles of sake are loaded onto trucks. But with the domestic market shrinking, more and more of it is bound for burgeoning overseas markets where the centuries old drink is all the rage.

Japan PM seeks Cuba's help amid N. Korea nuclear 'provocations'

Havana - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded a visit to Cuba Friday with condemnation of North Korea's nuclear "provocations" and a request for help from Pyongyang's ally Havana to pursue a "world without nuclear weapons.

Japanese PM in Cuba to 'open new page' in ties

Havana - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Cuba for the first visit to the country by a Japanese premier, saying he wants to "open a new page" in relations.

Japan PM demands world find 'new means' to stop N. Korea

New York - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday demanded that the world find a new way to halt the threat from North Korea after the long-sanctioned regime's nuclear and missile tests.

Typhoon Malakas slams Japan, heading toward Tokyo

Toukyo - A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Tuesday, leaving at least three dozen people injured and one missing, as torrential rains caused serious flooding that washed away a bridge and inundated homes and cars.

Mass horseshoe crab die-off in Japan

Hundreds of Japanese horseshoe crabs have mysteriously washed up dead on several beaches. The strange phenomenon is being investigated.

Japanese firms wage war on 'smell harassment'

Toukyo - Got stinky colleagues? Japan has a seminar for that.After a long, sweaty summer, some firms in a nation renowned for its cleanliness are declaring all out war on an office plague known as "smell harassment".

Chinese ships sail near disputed islands: Japan

Toukyo - Four Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said Sunday, as Tokyo attempts to engage with Beijing to press North Korea over its latest nuclear test.

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Miami - In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.

Japanese man, 73, completes record swim across strait

Toukyo - A Japanese man aged 73 became the world's oldest person to swim across the country's Tsugaru Strait on Wednesday, supporters said, braving unpredictable currents and stinging jellyfish in his quest.

Half-Indian 'elephant whisperer' crowned Miss Japan

Toukyo - A half-Indian beauty queen with an elephant trainer's licence was crowned Miss Japan on Monday, striking a fresh blow for racial equality.

Xi tells Abe that China, Japan should 'put aside disruptions'

Hangzhou - Chinese President Xi Jinping offered Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an olive branch at their first meeting in over a year on Monday, Beijing's official news agency Xinhua reported.

Lionrock death toll at 17 as Japan braces for new typhoon

Toukyo - The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said Sunday a new storm threatens the country's southwest.

Deal with oil giant helps near-extinct whale recover

Honolulu - A decade ago, there were just 115 western gray whales left in the world, and their feeding grounds near Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan, were being drilled for oil.

Abe calls for 'new epoch' in Russia-Japan ties hit by WWII dispute

Vladivostok - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a new era in ties hampered by a territorial dispute dating back to WWII.

Putin, Abe seek progress on island row

Vladivostok - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was keen to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan as he met Friday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but a deal appears far off.

Japan typhoon death toll rises to 14

Toukyo - The death toll from a devastating typhoon in northern Japan rose to 14, officials said Friday, as another powerful storm approached the country's south.Two bodies were found separately near rivers on the island of Hokkaido, a police spokesman told AFP....

Japanese probe finds no bribery in Tokyo 2020 bid

Toukyo - A formal investigation found no evidence of bribery by Japanese officials on Thursday after probing a $2 million payment made during Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics.French prosecutors said in May that they were investigating the 2.

17 unaccounted for in typhoon-hit northern Japan

Toukyo - Seventeen people were unaccounted for in Japan Thursday after Typhoon Lionrock tore through the north of the country, leaving 11 people dead and some 1,600 cut off in isolated communities, officials said.

Japan sends 1bn yen to S. Korea 'comfort women' foundation

Seoul - Japan sent Thursday a promised one billion yen ($9.6 million) to a South Korea foundation for former sex slaves for wartime Japanese soldiers, as part of a controversial deal struck last year aimed at settling the "comfort women" issue.

Japan gunman shoots himself dead after standoff with police

Toukyo - A Japanese gunman accused of shooting dead a construction worker and wounding three others died on Wednesday after he also shot himself following a long and tense standoff with police, news reports said.

Japan typhoon kills nine in elderly home

Toukyo - Surging flood water and mud brought by a devastating typhoon killed nine people in an elderly care home in northern Japan, officials said Wednesday, after the third storm in two weeks ripped through the country.

Truck with Takata airbag parts explodes, kills US woman

Toukyo - A woman has been killed after a truck carrying airbag parts made by Japan's troubled Takata exploded in a massive fireball on a US highway, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

Anti-whalers enlist fast ship to fight off Japanese

Sydney - Marine conservationists announced Tuesday they will for the first time be able to outrun the Japanese whaling fleet in the upcoming annual battle to protect the giant mammals in the icy Southern Ocean.

Japan grants $2M for Maryland-Washington high-speed train study

The government of Japan has approved a fund of $2 million to finance a feasibility study on the plan to build a high-speed railway from Baltimore in Maryland to Washington.

Japan braces for powerful Typhoon Lionrock

Toukyo - Japan braced Monday for a powerful typhoon -- the third in little more than a week -- and authorities warned of heavy rain, high waves and flooding after the previous storms killed two people.

Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

Nairobi - Japan will pour $30 billion (27 billion euros) in investment into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi.
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